Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Pitching, defense key to Rays’ strong start

Plus, should there be concern about the Lightning's recent defensive breakdowns?
Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton delivers a pitch during the fifth inning Wednesday at Tropicana Field. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton delivers a pitch during the fifth inning Wednesday at Tropicana Field. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published April 4

The Rays open the season 5-2, despite an extra-inning loss to the Rockies on Wednesday.

The pitching staff has given up just 11 runs in seven games, the defense has been terrific, and the hitting timely, for the most part. It's an entirely different story than last season, when the team started 1-7 and 4-13.

Plus, the Lightning is less than a week from the playoffs, but defensive breakdowns are starting to become more common. Should we be concerned?

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